The “‘Roll your own holiday” Edition :: Issue #062


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #062 :: The “‘Roll your own holiday” Edition :: 12:09:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #062 :: The “Roll your own holiday” Edition :: 12:09:2015

Roll your own holiday…

Drum roll please…the winner of the Krampus prize package is…

Jessica Nguyen! Yay!

Today’s note: short/sweet. Have a great week/end, all!

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. LOOK! Project SantaCon made the news!

“A vote for Rusty is a vote for you.”
–Victoria Heifner of Milkfed Press

Christmas tree popping out of the roof
This space intentionally left a feat of strength

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As seen on the Internets


Wreath of Khan

:: Santa, are you dead…?

:: The Andy Warhol Barbie Doll

:: Sanford and Son Walk of Fame, 933 North La Brea, LA, CA
:: Thanks, Mark! 

:: The “shady math” of Columbia House Records Thanks, Dan Lewis!

:: What happens after Internet fame…

:: Kevin Spacey teaches a 5-hour long online acting class

:: 1261 faces, 1000 props, 118,089 frames: Crafting Anomalisa, a featurette about Charlie Kaufman’s new stop-animated film

:: For reals: “Please Daddy Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas” by John Denver
:: Thanks, Josh!

:: The John Denver Rocky Mountain Christmas Special (1975)
:: Thanks, Timmmii! 

:: Elizabeth Sweetheart: “The Green Lady of Brooklyn”

:: “Hand Make Your Holidays with These 10 Cool Projects”

December Artist-in-Residence: Janelle Hessig

Terror and Christmas are a natural pairing so it was with great excitement that I smuggled in my zip-locked snacks to my local theater and settled in for a Krampusnacht viewing of Michael Dougherty’s Krampus film. I’m not into spoilers, but I feel duty-bound to at least leave you with this review: “😡“. 

— Janelle

p.s. Special Offer for Rusty’s Electric Dreams readers! $1 off your purchase from the Gimme Action table at the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest on December 12th when you drop the top-secret code word: “FLUFF”.

Janelle Hessig was born on a dark and stormy night in Contra Costa County. It was Groundhog’s Day but she did not see her shadow on the way out. She remained in the Bay Area to become a comic artist, writer, musician, filmmaker, and townie. Having discovered the secret of life early on: stinklines + flies = superior art, she went on to apply this fantastic knowledge in the creation of numerous fanzines, comics, and other publications, beginning with Tales Of Blarg in 1991. In 2014, she founded the publishing company Gimme Action

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

The Grav Menorah

The Troll Handbook

Real thing you can actually make: yay!

Tiki Mug Menorah

Events of note


Seinfeld: the Apartment

[12/18]  Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens

Alameda, California

[12/12] Mid-Century Supper Club Holiday Potluck at Alameda Eagles, 6 PM to 11 PM [Tickets]

[12/13] Meshugga Beach Party at Forbidden Island, 4 PM to 6 PM

[12/19] DJ JELLO BIAFRA at Forbidden Island w/ DJ Sid Presley, 9 PM

Austin, Texas
[Until 12/24] Blue Genie Art Bazaar

[3/11-3/15/2016] SXSW Interactive

Berkeley, California
[12/12] East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest at Berkeley City College, 10 AM – 5 PM [Facebook]

Copenhagen, Denmark
[Until 1/24/2016] Yayoi Kusama
: In Infinity, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

[Until 12/16] The World of Tim Burton at Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR

Lake Iseo, Italy
[6/18 to 7/3/2016] Christo’s Floating Piers

Las Vegas
[Ongoing] Akhob, an immersive “Ganzfeld effect” experience by artist James Turrell at Louis Vuitton [by appt only: 702-730-3150]  HIGHLY recommended!

Lisbon, Portugal
[11/7/2016-11/10/2016] Web Summit 2016

[July 2016] EVA London 2016

[12/15] Bitter Tears Workshop, make bitters out of human tears at British Food Museum, [Tickets]

Los Angeles

[December] Free museum days in December

[12/10] LA KRAMPUSLAUF: the Krampus LA troupe will be joined by over a dozen members of the Moorpass Maishofen from Austria!
[12/13] KRAMPUS Mummers Play and Movie

[12/12] Charles Phoenix’s Retro Holiday Slide Show at Modernica Props, 8 PM

[12/12-12/13] The Los Angeles Punk Museum Presents the 2nd annual Xmas Art Show at KGB Gallery

[12/17] Seinfeld: the Apartment, West Hollywood

[12/18] Lightsaber Battle, 8 PM to 11 PM, Downtown LA [RSVP]

[12/19, 12/20] Harry Shearer and Judith Owen’s Christmas Without Tears (Does This Tree Make Me Look Fat?)  at Largo

[12/19] Velveteria Tiki Christmas 10 year anniversary at Velveteria: Museum of Velvet Paintings

[1/21] I Know You Are But What Am I? The Artists Behind Pee-wee’s Playhouse, 7 PM

Miami Beach, Florida
[12/14] A John Waters Christmas: Holier and Dirtier at Adrienne Arsht Center For The Performing Arts [Tickets]

New York City
[Until 1/10/2016] Jim Shaw: The End is Here at New Museum

[12/10-1/23/2016] Dodecahedron, an exhibit by Mark Ryden at Paul Kasmin Gallery


[12/10] Drag Me to Bingo, a bingo night with Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence [Tickets]

[12/10] BAD SANTA at the New Parkway, 9:30 PM [Tickets]

[12/12] Something For Everyone at Lost & Foundry Studios, 5 PM to 7 PM

[12/12-12/13] The Crucible’s Holiday Gifty

Palm Springs, California
[12/18] Charles Phoenix’s Retro Holiday Slide Show, 6:30 PM

[7/8-7/11/2016] Yes and Yes Yes (YxYY) at the Ace Hotel, a “summer retreat for anyone who considers themselves a thinker, maker, creator, nerd, or weirdo.”

Pasadena, California
[1/1/2016] 12th Annual Rose Parade

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
[12/11] A John Waters Christmas: Holier and Dirtier at The Carnegie Music Hall [Tickets]

Portland, Oregon
[12/12] Crafty Wonderland at Oregon Convention Center, [Tickets]

[8/11-8/15/2016] World Domination Summit [Tickets]

[12/18] Puff, Pass & Paint debut, 7 PM to 9 PM

Provincetown, Massachusetts
[8/13-8/19/2016] Carnival 2016: Back to the 80’s

Riverside, California
[5/20-5/22/2016] Beyond Brookledge at the Galleria at the Mission Inn

San Diego
[12/18] Lightsaber Battle, 9 PM to 11 PM, Downtown San Diego [RSVP]

San Francisco
[Until 1/10/2016] Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition at de Young Museum

[until 12/31]  Man Candy, an art show by Jason Mecier at Magnet, 8 PM to 10 PM
Man Candy, an art show by Jason Mecier at Magnet

[12/9] Fireside Storytelling: Mind. Blown., 8 PM, Chez Poulet, $15

[12/9] THIS has sold out: LOST LANDSCAPES OF SAN FRANCISCO 10 at Castro Theatre, 7:30 PM [Tickets]

[12/9] Advanced Style with Ari Seth Cohen at JCCSF

[12/9-12/11] Chronicle Books Warehouse Sale—80% off everything in store!

[12/10] The Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 10: A Benefit for the Internet Archive, 6:30 PM [Tickets]

[12/11] KrOB’S Film Farm presents…. STAR WARS WARS (all six films projected at once), Free

[12/11] Karaoke Underground in San Francisco! at Rickshaw Stop [Entire Tour]

[12/12] SantaCon, Noon at Union Square

[12/12] Home Movie Day — a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking –at Internet Archive, 3 PM to 8:45 PM

[12/13] Holiday Art Celebration, Sale, & Fundraiser (by artists Carolyn Matteson and Ellen Leanse)

[12/15 -12/16] X at The Independent

[12/15] Odd Salon: Oddments, DNA Lounge, 7 PM

[12/16] Going Deeper: Freedom, Liberation & Mindfulness with Michael Taft, 10 AM  – 4 PM

[12/16] Doc Pop’s ORDER OF THE SNAIL Book Release Party & Signing at Mission Comics, 7 PM

[12/16] Nerd Nite SF #67: Video Preservation, Ants, and Brain Stimulation! at Rickshaw Stop, 8 PM [Tickets]

[12/16] Bawdy Storytelling: Unwrapped at Verdi Club, 8 PM (last one of the year!) [Tickets]

[12/18] Lightsaber Battle, 8 PM to 11 PM, Embarcadero [RSVP]

[12/19] SF Krampus Kavalcade

[12/20] Found Footage Festival meets Everything Is Terrible! show at Castro Theatre, 8 PM [Tickets]

[12/21] The Typewriter Revolution at Adobe Books

[12/29] Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker at The Independent. 7:30 PM (Word has it that CVB will play their classic record ‘Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart’ in its entirety) Thanks, Michael!

[12/31] PATTI SMITH & HER BAND perform Horses in its entirety this New Year’s Eve at The Fillmore! [Tickets]

[1/23] The Groundlings’ Children’s Show at JCCSF, 1 PM


[1/29, 1/30] Pancakes & Booze Art Show – FREE Pancakes at 111 Minna Gallery [Details]

[1/29] Dan Deacon at The Fillmore

[1/30] The Bay Lights return, with fireworks, at 7:25 PM

[2/11/16] Monica Lewinsky at JCCSF

[7/10/16] Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge at DNA Lounge [Tickets]

[7/23/16] The Murray Invitational. A Bill Murray Art Exhibition and Golf Party at Public Works

[10/2017] 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

Santa Rosa, California
[12/12-12/13] The Emerald Cup at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds [Tickets]

The Obscure, the Charming and the Odd: Mark Pahlow’s Guide to Seattle

[12/19] Puff, Pass & Paint debut, 7 PM to 9 PM

Sun Valley, Idaho
[3/20-3/23/2016] DENT

[7/4-7/10/16] Nowhere

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